The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 2, 2013

EPS’ Herbel is named 2013 Technology Leader of the Year

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Jeff Herbel, Enid Public Schools director of instructional technology, was named 2013 Technology Leader of the Year by the Oklahoma Technology Association.

Herbel received the award Wednesday morning at the OTA conference in Oklahoma City.

The award is granted annually to an Oklahoma administrator who exhibits exemplary leadership in the effective use and integration of technology for teaching and learning, as well as for district operations.

“Thanks to Jeff’s leadership and innovative thinking, EPS is on the cutting edge of technology integration,” said Shawn Hime, EPS superintendent. “Jeff is an expert in his field, but his knowledge and contributions far exceed just the technical aspects of his position. He understands the impact technology has on academic success. He is not afraid to try new ideas and programs, as long as they will make a difference for students. He is a trailblazer for Oklahoma schools.”

Herbel has been with EPS since 2009. His team has outfitted classrooms across the district with SMART Boards and implemented one of the largest iPad roll-outs in Oklahoma school history.

He has worked to ensure adequate infrastructure is available to support the district’s technology needs, as well as helped implement online systems to manage student information, transportation requests, personnel records and test results.

Herbel and his team have replaced district phones with computer-based voice over Internet protocol phones. They manage all technology-related projects affiliated with ongoing bond issue facility improvements.

His most recent school initiative is “Bring Your Own Device,” which allows students to use their cellphones and tablets for educational purposes in class.